Missed our 2017 Built Green Conference? Check out this exciting panel on inclusionary zoning featuring Seattle mayoral candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan, Seattle City Council candidate Teresa Mosqueda, the founder of Sightline Institute Alan Durning, and moderated by Aaron Fairchild, the CEO of Green Canopy Homes.
It's no secret that our region is experiencing a sharp rise in housing prices and that many people are suffering from high housing cost burdens. Due to the affordability crisis, people are being displaced and are unable to easily access services and employment close to home. Seattle’s workers are sprawling into outlying communities, threatening the bioregional resource-base needed to maintain resilient communities. These impacts are felt more sharply by moderate- and low-income households, as well as within many neighborhoods that historically have been home to communities of color. Seattle’s real estate past contributed to the makeup of neighborhoods and zoning regulations that are causing ever-rising costs and displacement in inequitable ways. This session covered Seattle’s real estate and zoning history, how it shaped the city and region as we know it today, and how we can play a role in making our region more equitable, affordable, and livable.